Read from July 16 to 29, 2015
Synopsis: Professor Tikaya Komitopis knew that bringing Admiral Rias Starcrest home to meet her family wouldn’t be easy, not when he led the fleet that decimated her nation during the war. She isn’t surprised when people believe she’s been brainwashed, that Rias is still loyal to the empire, and that he has nefarious plans for her homeland. She is, however, surprised when Rias’s designs to build a submarine lead them to stumble across an ancient secret shrouded in mystery, time, and lies.
If revealed, this secret could mean devastation for Tikaya’s entire nation. It could also mean choosing between her people… and the man she loves.
Decrypted is the sequel to Encrypted and is loosely tied in with the author’s “Emperor’s Edge” series.
Bookish Things: 361 pages. The cover is in-line with the rest of the series and looks amazing. It is the second book in the Forgotten Ages series, with a novella in the middle of the two. My review of Encrypted and Enigma.
Lindsay does have a tendency for rehashing characters or series even when her readers think otherwise. I think this may happen with Rias and Tikaya. This book offers a rather nice close to their series. But it also leaves it open enough that more stories could be tacked onto the end.
I am a huge Emeror’s Edge fan, and I love that there’s some cross over between the two series. Alas, like a lot of fans, I just didn’t like this as much as EE.
I did enjoy the mental stimulation that the two cerebral-esqué characters provided, I also enjoyed their taunting and witty banter. The story just fell a little flat for me despite all those positives.
There was plenty of the usual hair-brained schemes that Linday’s fans have attributed to her other herion, Amaranthe, but these hair-brained schemes are usually within the realm of reality. They’re thought through and plausible.
I did enjoy exploring the Kyatt islands with Tikaya and Rias. Though I felt the ending was all a little too convenient. Not Lindsay’s best work, but still an enjoyable and easy read.
If Lindsay Buroker is new to you, try her Emperor’s Edge series first (they’re totally awesome!), if you’ve already tried EE, but not read this series. Give it a try.
A few things I noticed:
5% – Un oh (should that be uh oh?)
36% – her hea(r)t sped up again.
50% – a letter clasped her in (transpose her and in) hand.
92% – …have take(n) place over…
95% – a great number (of) wrecks…